Sex and Relationship Education: Last Chance to Make a Difference

After years of assurances that it would not make the teaching of SRE statutory, the government has capitulated to Stonewall, and other likeminded groups. Sneaking it through the latest stage possible in the Children and Social Work bill in March last year — which achieved royal assent (became an Act of Parliament) in April — they have made Sex and Relationship Education into a statutory subject in all schools.

It is very important to emphasise that the changes to SRE, outlined below, apply to all schools. That is, state schools, faith schools, academies as well as independent schools.

In all Secondary schools RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) will be made statutory, including faith and independent schools. The right to withdraw will remain but the government is re-writing what was once the parental right to withdraw, to take into account the consent of children. It is unclear how this will work in practice and whether children of a particular age will have the right to consent or not, over and above parental wishes.  Nonetheless what we have heard so far suggests the parental right to withdraw will likely change.

All Primary schools will introduce a new subject, Relationships Education (RE). The concern is that there will be no right to withdraw, unless a school decides to teach SRE outside of an RE lesson.  Taking the sex out of SRE is meant to allay parental fears. A name change cannot assuage concerns that schools will sneak ideologically-motivated elements concerning sex and sexuality into RE just as some include sexual content into statutory science to bypass the parental right to withdraw. It is also clear that the very same justifications for making the subject statutory – the proliferation of porn and sexting as a phenomenon – will be the excuses for introducing greater sexual content into the minds of pre-pubescent children.

Read more at Islam21c.com (external link)

Consultation Guidance Documents

SRE Events

 Attend one of the events below in order to find out about the changes taking place and advice and guidance on how to respond to the consultation.

Friday 2nd February
After Isha 8pm

Kingston Mosque, 55 East Rd, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 6EJ

Saturday 3rd February

The Crescent Banqueting Hall
Lever Street
In association with Bolton Council of Mosques

After Asar, 2:30pm
An-Najashi Centre, 283-291 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2ND

Sunday 4th February
after Maghrib
Masjid al-Falaah, 32 Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6AL

Monday 5th February
Tower Hamlets
After Isha, 7:15pm (Isha),
East London Mosque
First Floor, London Muslim Centre
In association with Tower Hamlets Council of Mosques

Tuesday 6th February
After Isha, 7:15pm
Madina Masjid, 126-130 Oak Rd, Bury Park, Luton, LU4 8AD
In association with Luton Council of Mosques

Wednesday 7th February
After Isha (7:30pm)
Masjid Ibrahim, 721-723 Barking Rd, E13 9EL

Thursday 8th February
Doors open 7:30pm
The Pavilion, 324 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 9PX
In association with Waltham Forest Council of Mosques

Saturday 10th February

After Isha, 7pm
Seven Kings Mosque
645 High Rd, Ilford IG3 8RG